Birmingham set for Diwali 2011

By on 19/10/2011 in Culture, News

New for this year, Birmingham's free annual Diwali celebrations will take place in The New Bingley Hall, 1 Hockley Circus, on Sunday 30th October from 11am - 7pm.

The event provides an opportunity to celebrate one of the most important festivals in the Indian calendar and there is plenty on offer for all the family.  With entertainment from 2pm and a children's activities area, this year's event will also hold hourly fashion shows.

Birmingham City Council's Cabinet Member for Leisure, Sport and Culture, Cllr Martin Mullaney, said: “Birmingham has a year long programme of fantastic free community events of which Diwali is a great example.  Last year around 11,000 people enjoyed Birmingham's Diwali event.  This year's celebrations provide us with another wonderful opportunity to come together in The New Bingley Hall and have a fantastic time.”

Partab Hirani from the Hindu Council of Birmingham added, “The true spirit of Diwali is to bring different communities together so that new relationships may be born, so everyone is welcome to join our celebrations.  This year I am delighted to announce that thanks to our sponsors, Asian Bridal Shows, we have some beautiful fashion shows which will add some glamour to the occasion.”

The Diwali event is organised by the Hindu Council of Birmingham with support from Birmingham City Council.  It is sponsored by Asian Bridal Shows and Asian Celebrations with support from partners Radio XL, Sony Entertainment Television Asia and KTC Foods.

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Media contact for Birmingham City Council:
Debbie Harrison on 0121 303 4476

Media Contact for Hindu Council of Birmingham:
Partab Hirani on 07817 111 891

Note to Editors
1. Diwali is the biggest celebration in the Hindu calendar, and is traditionally celebrated in India with a five day festival, which includes the familiar “Festival of Lights” on the third day.
2. The date of Diwali changes each year as it is dependent on the cycle of the moon.  The celebration is held on the first Amavasya (no moon day) in the month of Kartik (October/November in the Western calendar).
3. The Hindu Council of Birmingham's aims include:
• Promoting the Hindu Culture and the education of Hindus
• Providing advice and information for local public authorities and Government Departments
• Acting as an Umbrella Organisation to the Affiliated Organisations (Sansthas).

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